Shimon Hayut has broken his silence after Tinder Swindler attacked Netflix as he accused the streaming giant of “editing” despite his previous fraud convictions.
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Four years ago, the Israeli was accused cheat many women to give him hundreds of thousands of dollars on dates under the alias Simon Leviev.
He allegedly told them he was the son of a billionaire Russian-Israeli diamond tycoon, and would beg them for funding, telling them he was in danger and needed the money to protect his reputation. his character.
Simon identifies himself as the ‘Diamond Prince’ to meet women on the Tinder dating app and soon immerse them in his lavish lifestyle, it has been claimed.
By stepping out in designer suits, driving flash supercars, traveling on private jets, and attending hot spots around the globe, he continues his alleged deception.
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All of his stories are considered scams – and Netflix delved into his life of fraud and how Simon was a con man who siphoned off his victims’ money to finance his lavish lifestyle.
But now he’s back for the first time since the documentary’s release in an interview with Inside Edition.
The two-part conversation, which airs next Monday and Tuesday, shows him denying wrongdoing – despite being arrested and charged with fraud, theft and forgery.
Despite serving five months in prison before being released in May 2020, he said he wasn’t faking it when he appeared with his girlfriend Kat Konlin next to him in the interview.
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“I’m not a ‘Tinder Scammer,'” he said in a preview clip ahead of the February 21 release date.
“I’m not a scammer and I’m not a fake. People don’t know me – so they can’t judge me.
“I’m just a single guy who wants to meet some girls on Tinder” before adding that he’s “the greatest gentleman.”
Then he said Netflix “presented it as a documentary” but he said, “It’s actually an edit”.
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The filmmakers shared the stories of Cecilie Fjellhoy, Pernilla Sjöholm and Ayleen Charlotte – who is still paying a debt because of a prank by Simon.
He was extradited back to Israel in October 2019after fleeing the country in 2017 to avoid trial on multiple fraud-related charges.
The scammer was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $43,289 in restitution in December 2019 but was released after serving five months behind bars.
Hayut previously served a two-year sentence in a Finnish prison in 2015, after being accused of defrauding three different women.
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